Strawberry Glazed Cupcakes
Mascarpone Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Giada's Kitchen by Giada Delaurentiis
makes 48 mini cupcakes or 24 regular sized
8 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature (in dairy case by the cream cheese and ricotta)
2 egg whites
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 box white cake mix
1/3 cup frozen strawberries, thawed and drained
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 4 mini muffin tins or 2 regular muffin tins with paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine the mascarpone, egg whites, and vegetable oil. Using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients until combined and creamy. Add the cake mix and 1 cup water and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Fill the muffin liners to just below the rim and bake until puffed and golden, 18 to 20 minutes for mini, 23-25 minutes for regular sized. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly in the tins, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, puree the strawberries in a blender or small food processor. Sift the confectioners' sugar and place in a medium bowl. Pour in the strawberry puree and whisk until smooth. Dip the tops of the cooled cupcakes into the strawberry glaze. Let the cupcakes sit for a few minutes for the glaze to firm up, then serve.